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St. Martin's, Nov 2002, 24.95, 368 pp.
ISBN: 0312300468

In London, the Hammersmith Park attendant discovered the male adult corpse sitting on a children's swing. The police arrive on the scene led by Detective Inspector Bill Slider. The cops have little to go on, as the victim is unknown with apparently no identification on him. The discernible deathblow is a single stab wound to the heart. The killer searched the victim, but left behind a substantial amount of cash. Bill and his cohorts conclude a professional performed the hit.

With little to go on, Bill and his squad begin making inquiries in the Shepherd's Bush neighborhood. Though they make slow progress on solving the homicide, they inch closer to the truth. However, Bill realizes the clock is ticking even if additional murders had not occurred. If they do not attain a break through soon, Bill's superiors will remove him and his team from the case even though it is their turf and professional pride propels them to find the culprit.

The Bill Slider police procedurals are some of the best sub-genre novels of the past few years. The DI's latest case is exciting from the opening paradoxical imagery of a murder victim resting on an innocent children's swing until the final climax. Bill retains his wit though the investigation baffles him and his romance disconcerts him just as much. Fans of the series and any reader who enjoys a well written cleverly designed murder investigation will gain much delight with Cynthia Harrod-Eagles' GONE TOMORROW.

Harriet Klausner
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner








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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) How difficult to spot villain?    -   Very difficult--no foreshadowing/clues Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   70% Kind of investigator    -   police procedural, American Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Any non-mystery subplot?    -   life in that culture Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   police/lawman Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Race    -   British

Setting

Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   England/UK

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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